BENNINGTON - West Mountain Animal Hospital of Bennington continues to maintain the highest level of veterinary excellence following an intensive on-site assessment in June by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). As an accredited hospital, West Mountain Animal Hospital is regularly evaluated by AAHA which reviews the hospital's practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service.

AAHA is the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals based on standards that go above and beyond state regulations. The Association is an international organization of 6,000 veterinary care teams, comprised of more than 45,000 veterinary professionals, who are committed to excellence in companion animal care.

Established in 1933, the Association is well-known among veterinarians for its leadership in the profession, high standards for veterinary practices and pet health care, and most importantly, its accreditation of companion-animal practices.

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation, viewed as the standard of veterinary excellence, contain more than 900 individual standards, divided into 19 sections. These areas of focus include: patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education.

Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association.


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To maintain accredited status, West Mountain Animal Hospital must continue to be evaluated regularly by AAHA.

West Mountain Animal Hospital has been an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association since 1980.

The veterinarians practice numerous special services including surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, ultrasonography, oncology, laser therapy for pain and wound management, dentistry and behavior analysis.

West Mountain Animal Hospital is located at 1726 Harwood Hill in Bennington and can be reached at 802-447-7723 or find out more by visit their website at www.wmah.net. For more information about accreditation, visit www.healthypet.com, or connect on Facebook and "like" the American Animal Hospital Association.